Blogger Alexa Newman

Workplace Dress Codes – Does Your Library Have One?

The next two weeks at work are a couple of my favorites. You would probably assume the reason for this is because of the holidays: time off, free treats to be found everywhere, and most everyone is in a good mood. In reality, they rank up there because my library is running a Jeans for Charity event. Two or three times a year, our staff is allowed to wear jeans in exchange for a $5 minimum donation to charity. A different charity is selected each time. Past beneficiaries include animal shelters, Family Alliance (a health service), and a battered women’s shelter. Why, Alexa, (you ask) are you so excited to wear jeans?  Because my library has a dress code. A dress code that prohibits blue jeans, shorts, sneakers, t-shirts with writing (other than our SRP shirts), and backless shoes. It is probably best escribed as business-professional. I do enjoy dressing…

Blogger Lisa Taylor

You know you’re a children’s librarian when …

You know you’re a children’s librarian when … …you clean out your office desk for the final time and your personal possessions consist of a teddy bear, a tambourine, frog and duck finger puppets, a ukulele,  a storytime bell, and similar treasures.  🙂 What’s your most curious programming possession?   (Next month: thoughts on moving to a new library!) Photo credit: L Taylor

Blogger Meg Smith

Jumping into June

June is merely a few days away, and for many of us, this brings the start to our most anticipated time of year: summer reading club. What plans do you have for yourself and your libraries to make this the best summer reading program yet?  At our community branch library, we have some goals that will start our summer reading club off on the right track. Jump into it – Our summer reading program is the busiest few months of the year for us and demands our full attention.  During these final days of May, we focus on preparing and finalizing our other projects. We have a branch staff meeting with all our employees from every library department within our building to review the logistics of our summer reading club. Our summer reading program is also presented to all staff in our library system during our Staff Development Day. By…

Blogger Meg Smith

On the Twelve Days of Christmas

On the 12 days of Christmas, my library system gave to me: One new library catalog Two busy self-check-outs Three new children’s tables Four prizes for summer reading Five book displays Six wonderful weekly story times Seven freshly painted walls Eight interesting book series Nine outreach events Ten chairs in our conference room Eleven special preschool programs And Twelve happy children (and many, many more!) While some of these numbers are only a brief representation of the total figure, other quantities are right on target.  Regardless of the number, all of these examples are just some of the gifts I received while working at our community branch library in 2013. The highlight, of course, was sharing time with the people, both customers and staff members, I have been blessed to work with this year. What has been the greatest gift you have received at work this year? What upcoming opportunity…

Blogger Children and Technology Committee

IT People–Children’s Librarians In Disguise?

In the tradition of My Father the Dog by Elizabeth Bluemle, I offer this observation. I’m pretty sure library IT people are children’s librarians in disguise. Unfortunately, I do tend to agree with many of my colleagues that it can be difficult to communicate with the IT people that populate libraries. However, I didn’t realize until I had the privilege of working closely with an IT person on several projects that there are similarities between us as well. I just hadn’t looked hard enough. We have a lot of common ground. Both groups spend a lot of time on the floor. IT people are crawling around plugging or unplugging electronics into outlets. Children’s librarians, they are sitting reading books in storytime or looking for a book on the lowest shelf of the lowest shelving units in the entire library! Both groups like to play with toys. IT people have action…